The longest siege during World War II was that of Leningrad, which lasted for 900 days. Comprised solely of rarely seen images found in Soviet film archives, Blockade re-creates those momentous events, featuring a state-of-the-art soundtrack added to the original black-and-white silent footage.
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No heroics, just people shifting like film extras about the streets, undergoing the traumas and ordeals of history. Surprising to see how horses had given way to motor traffic in the Soviet Union. Was it because the camera operators were instructed to show a modern aspect of the city. Rarely shown in war films, the invading German armies relied on hundreds of thousands of horses.
A haunting document that seems strangely like an otherwordly parallel history. The reconstructed soundtrack amplifies the realism of the archive footage and gives us a rare glimpse into life under siege and the privations it engendered.
My dear god... what a magnificent piece. I have never imagined a visual document so unpolluted and pristine of day-to-day life during WW2 existed. Images so brutally unadulterated are indeed extremely hard to find! ....If there was only a way to convince MUBI to offer this as a free download as a film of this importance should be shared with a wider public!